Birmingham city have been posted by the news that Alexander Hleb is back from injury. The 29-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan from Barcelona, has not featured since 27 November.

“I don’t think he had a full pre-season which is what you definitely need as a player,” said manager Alex McLeish.

“Alex is playing catch-up in terms of fitness but we’ve been encouraged by the work he has put in this last week. He is training well.”

Birmingham have been linked with bids for Franco di Santo and Albert Riera in the January transfer window.


Birmingham city manager Alex McLeish has said that is very calm about the club’s away from. Blues have failed to win away from St Andrews since beating Portsmouth in March and they have had to rely on their home form for the majority of their points.

However, McLeish insists he is not too worried as some of Birmingham’s results can be put down to bad fortune.

He is confident of picking up a victory against Midlands rivals Wolves at Molineux and moving into a more secure mid-table position.

Curtis Davies has been linked to Birmingham, along with Man City reserve goalkeeper Shay Given.


Kidderminster Harriers have signed Birmingham youngsters Lindfield and McPike on loan deal. Accrington Stanley frontman Craig Lindfield, 22, has moved to Aggborough on a month-long deal.

And young midfielder Mitch McPike, brother of injured Harriers trialist James, has joined from Birmingham City on a deal which expires on 1 January.

Both are available to make their debut for sixth-placed Harriers in Tuesday’s home clash with York City.

Lindfield began his career on the books at Liverpool, before turning out for Notts County, Chester City, Bournemouth, Accrington and Macclesfield, then returning to Stanley this summer.